Jim Kelly Cards, Rookie Cards and Autograph Memorabila Guide

Jim Kelly

Date of Birth: 2/14/1960
Rookie Card Year: 1984
Investment Rating: 6.5


Overview

Jim Kelly was a terrific quarterback in both the USFL and NFL. He helped lead the small-market Buffalo Bills to four consecutive Super Bowls in the early 1990s. Unfortunately, all of his Super Bowl appearances were losses for the Bills and, despite Kelly's stellar career, his mainstream reputation is mostly associated with those losses. Kelly was named to four Pro Bowls over his 11 NFL seasons and was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002. To this day, Jim Kelly cards remain popular among collectors.

Although he was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 1983 NFL Draft, Kelly decided to sign with the Houston Gamblers of the USFL. Therefore, Kelly's first rookie card was included in the 1984 Topps USFL set. This remains one of the top Jim Kelly cards. Due to it's lower production run and the roster of players included, collectors have shown great interest in the product. Joining Kelly in the USFL set were fellow rookies Steve Young, Herschel Walker and Reggie White. Kelly made his NFL card debut in 1987 Topps Football after joining the Bills, who retained his NFL rights.

Jim Kelly is a typical name included in the "greatest to never win a Super Bowl" discussion. Because of this perceived failure, Kelly has limited hobby value, despite his Hall of Fame production. The University of Miami alumnus is not even the top option from the 1983 NFL Draft, falling in behind John Elway and Dan Marino, another great player that was unable to claim a Super Bowl win. Although he was a great player and is revered in the Buffalo area, Kelly is not a player to invest in expecting sizable gains. Despite this, Jim Kelly cards make a great addition to any football collection and should maintain solid value over time.

Jim Kelly Rookie Card Checklist

1984 Topps USFL Jim Kelly RC #36

1984 Topps USFL Jim Kelly Image

Technically not a true NFL rookie card, the 1984 Topps USFL Jim Kelly is still the top option for collectors. The patriotic-themed card shows an action shot of Kelly and sheds light on an interesting time in the history of football when top talent still joined the NFL's competition. This will always be considered one of the best Jim Kelly cards.

1987 Topps Jim Kelly RC #362

1987 Topps Jim Kelly Image

1987 Topps Football showcases Kelly's first official NFL rookie card and features a simple design. The card can be found online for as little as just a few bucks and as much as $20-30 for one in mint condition.

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2012 FLEER RETRO METAL #M-9 U OF MIAMI JIM KELLY PRECIOUS METAL GEMS PMG 22 50
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1996 PACIFIC DYNAGON TANDEMS JOHN ELWAY JIM KELLY *
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2005 Ultimate Collection Jim Kelly Auto 4 10
$75.00
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JIM KELLY PHIL SIMMS 2007 LEAF DUAL AUTO SP 25 AUTOGRAPH PRIME PAIRING RARE
$99.99
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JIM KELLY-BRUCE SMITH-THURMAN THOMAS-ANDRE REED & BUFFALO BILLS (39)Card Lot-ect
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1987 Topps Football Set - JIM KELLY - RANDALL CUNNINGHAM - DOUG FLUTIE RC's!
$24.99
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2010 Certified Fabric of the Game #75 Jim Kelly Jersey 239 250
$11.99
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2012 Panini Black Equipment Prime 49 ( Jim Kelly Kurt Warner)
$15.00
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2012 Topps SUPREME Football DUAL AUTO Redemption Jim KELLY Dan FOUTS SDA-KF
$45.00
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1991 Stadium Club Brett Favre + 1987 Topps Jim Kelly Randall Cunningham Rookie
$17.99
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2000 Donruss PenPals Jim Kelly and Doug Flutie Double Autograph!
$100.00
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2004 DONRUSS CLASSICS JIM KELLY G U JERSEY CARD 85 150
$14.99
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Jim Kelly 2011 Playoff National Treasures Auto Jersey Emblems of the Hall #7 25
$100.00
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1992 Skybox Impact Football Factory Sealed Box 36Ct 12 in Each Jim Kelly Auto??
$24.00
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2008 Jim Kelly Press Pass Legends Bowl Edition Top 25 Red Ink Auto #01 15 RARE
$33.00
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2013 Panini National Treasures Jim Kelly Hall of Fame 3 Color Patch Card #24 25
$34.99
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Autograph Guide

Jim Kelly Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Jim Kelly's authentic signature looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Tristar, Upper Deck Authentic and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Jim Kelly Cut Signature Exemplar

Jim Kelly Signature Image

Jim Kelly Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Jim Kelly signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of the type of item signed or when in his career, look for these signature characteristics:

Jim Kelly Signature Characteristics

  1. The signature is written on a slightly elevated plane of about 15 degrees.
  2. The letter "J" is legible and pronounced, no other letters of the first name are present.
  3. The pen lifts to start the letter "K" which is roughly of equal size to the "J."
  4. The "K" contains two lines, the first is slightly curved with a small curl at the top; the second creates a small loop and forms the up and down strokes of the "K."
  5. The letter's "e-l-l" look nearly identical, as small cursive "e"'s with open loops.
  6. The letter "y" is implied by the down stroke off of the second ""l" and a small line to the left.
  7. The last name is "underlined" with a fish hook shaped line.

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Jim "Machine Gun" Kelly Signed Bills Mini Helmet JSA COA
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Bills Jim Kelly Signed Jersey HOF inscription JSA witness Authentification
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JIM KELLY AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BUFFALO BILLS 16X20 PHOTO #2 PSA DNA
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JIM KELLY AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 16X20 PHOTO AWAY PSA DNA
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DEION SANDERS JIM KELLY AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO JSA FALCONS BILLS
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Jim Kelly Signed Autographed Miami Hurricanes Full Size Helmet JSA Buffalo Bills
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Jim Kelly Signed Autographed Miami Hurricanes Mini Helmet JSA Buffalo Bills
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JIM KELLY BUFFALO BILLS SIGNED RED BILLS MINI HELMET JSA COA
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JIM KELLY Signed 1993 Game Day NFL Trading Card JSA
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Jim Kelly Hof 02 signed 8x10 photo Mounted Memories autograph Buffalo Bills
$99.00
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JIM KELLY BUFFALO BILLS SIGNED 16X20 PHOTO JSA HOLOGRAM & COA J80784 AUTOGRAPH
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JIM KELLY BUFFALO BILLS SIGNED 16X20 PHOTO JSA HOLOGRAM & COA J80783 AUTOGRAPH
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JIM KELLY BUFFALO BILLS SIGNED 16X20 PHOTO JSA HOLOGRAM & COA J80759 AUTOGRAPH
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JIM KELLY BUFFALO BILLS SIGNED 16X20 PHOTO JSA HOLOGRAM & COA J80765 AUTOGRAPH
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JIM KELLY BUFFALO BILLS SIGNED 16X20 PHOTO JSA HOLOGRAM & COA J80764 AUTOGRAPH
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JIM KELLY BUFFALO BILLS SIGNED 16X20 PHOTO JSA HOLOGRAM & COA J18033 AUTOGRAPH
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a life-long sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as college basketball and football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. As an adult, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim, and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

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